House Passes Job Protection Legislation for Volunteer Firefighters
(BOSTON) – State Representative Christopher M. Markey (D-Dartmouth) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this afternoon in passing legislation to protect the primary jobs of call and volunteer firefighters.
This legislation adds a level of job protection for call and volunteer firefighters to the current statute that protects them from being dismissed from their primary job if they arrive late for work because they were fighting a fire. This legislation broadens the responsibilities of call and volunteer firefighters that may be excused by primary employers to include natural disasters, emergency medical response, and hazardous material incidents.
“At a time when jobs are scarce, we must do all we can to protect jobs,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D – Winthrop). “Volunteer firefighters risk their lives each day solely for the safety of their community; they deserve nothing less than this type of job security.”
“This legislation adds a measure of job security for our State’s 8,000 part-time call and volunteer firefighters who respond to emergencies throughout the Commonwealth,” said Representative Stephen Kulik (D – Worthington). “They deserve to know that they will not face dismissal from their regular full-time jobs because they have responded to an emergency situation during normal working hours.”